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Fight cold, flu with red bell pepper

WITH cold and flu season slowly sneaking in, anybody could catch the virus and it is inevitable in people with weak immune system.

The best defense is to load up the immune-boosting vitamin – either popping a vitamin C pill or drinking orange juice. Some swear by vitamin C-rich orange juice for warding off disease.

But did you know that there are other nutrient to consume that delivers higher vitamin C than oranges? While you can obtain this from eating vegetables which will also help you fight radicals, there is one you should always include.

One of the popular pizza toppings, some people are skipping on eating bell pepper. But did you know that one serving of red bell pepper delivers a whopping 190 mg of vitamin C? You won’t believe on this: Broccoli contains 132 mg, kiwi has 137 mg, and oranges come in last with 83 mg.

According to the National Institutes of Health, the daily recommended value for vitamin C is 90 mg for men and 75 mg for women, so one serving of red bell pepper will more than cover your needs. The next time you feel a cold coming on, munch on some peppers instead of reaching for the orange juice.
   
An eight-ounce of orange juice has 137 mg of vitamin C - but you’re better off choosing a whole fruit or veggie instead for more fiber and less sugar.